It was once said that men who grew up in “The Ridge,” an area 150 miles from South Carolina’s coast, are of heartier stock, compared to their lowcountry counterparts. Today, descendants of those taller and stronger men still farm the land which has supported the many generations of people who live there. The Ridge is a 60 mile long, 15 mile wide plateau of rich farmland. The sandy, loamy soil, combined with the higher elevation, makes the area ideal for agriculture, especially peaches.
The town of Johnston, S.C., also known as “the peach capitol of the world,” is a place where three waterways meet: the Little Edisto River, the Saluda River, and Turkey Creek. Joanna Angle discusses the history of this South Carolina town.